BENGALURU: The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has called for withdrawal of all non-emergency medical services in protest against the tabling of the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill in the ongoing Parliament session. The strike call includes closure of OPDs across the country from 6 am to 6 pm on Saturday.
“IMA Karnataka’s 25,000-member doctors will support the protest. We have informed the police about the strike,” said H N Ravindra, Karnataka IMA president. The State Health Department, however, has sent out a circular asking government hospitals to function in full capacity. Meanwhile, the Health Ministry has asked the state to invoke ESMA, if needed.